Attorney General appeals in error against UTM registration ruling: Judge Chirwa faces smear

The Attorney General (AG) has made erroneous  facts  on the appeal  against the High Court ruling made on Friday by Judge John Chirwa which gave the registrar of political parties seven days to register UTM as a party effective September 21, 2018, it has been observed.

Errors of Attorney General Appeal

Legal experts critiquing the documents filed by Attorney General  through Neverson Chisiza, Senior State Advocate, in the notice of appeal, that  it has the wrong date (2017) yet  there was no UTM registration case in 2017 but this year.

The Attoreny General  is appealing a High Court judgment in the High Court instead of The Supreme Court of Appeal, it has been observed

Only a party to the proceedings (in this case the Registrar who rejected UTM registration) can appeal and not  his lawyer or a third party, legal experts noted.

Another legal supremo observed that the appeal should be an application and not a summons.

Consequences of these errors may lead the court to throw out the  appeal document as it is irregular (the irregularity being a summons instead of an application).

The court can also adjourn the proceedings until the errors are rectified. If adjourned costs will be awarded to UTM’s lawyers.

“Consequently poor drafting of legal documents impacts negatively on lawyers, further can ruin the reputation of the entire legal profession. Poor legal drafting weakens credibility and wastes the time of judges, other lawyers and clients, thereby wasting money,” observed a legal scholar.

Laywer for UTM in the matter, Michael Goba Chipeta, confirmed being served with the notice of appeal with fundamental errors.

However, Chipeta said the party will continue with its plans to register the party because the notice of appeal on its own cannot change the ruling by  High Court which described the decision by the registrar of Political Parties to reject UTM’s application as “unreasonable and unjustifiable” and consequently ordered its registration within seven days.

“We have been served with the notice of appeal. We are going to respond to the appeal. But the notice of appeal on its own does not change the judgment of the High Court. So, the judgment is still in force and we expect the registrar [of political parties] to comply.

“We have also been served, in addition to the notice of appeal, an application by the Attorney General to stay execution of the judgment of the High Court,” said Chipeta.

Chipeta  said the court for appeal will have to look at the erros of Attorney General’s appeal as some of the substantive issues but refused to discuss the matter in the media, sying they were “meritorious issues.”

The State has appealed on the grounds that the judge erred in law and fact by finding that UTM was not accorded an opportunity to be heard as if the UTM was being accused of wrong doing and that the judge misdirected himself at law and fact in finding that the registrar in exercising his statutory duties should have restricted himself to what was presented to him and pay a blind eye to what is in the public domain among other things.

UTM spokesperson, Joseph Chidanti-Malunga, said in a statement seen by Nyasa Times that  movement is not moved by the application made by the State on the ruling.

“As things stand, there is nothing at law stopping the Registrar of Political Paries from registering UTM as a political party  by Friday 9 November 2018,” said Malunga.

Meanwhile, sources at the Judiciary have told Nyasa Times hat Judge John Chirwa is living dangerously for his ruling in favour of UTM and that he is targeted for ‘enemy action’ by the regime.

Among other things, the judge faces smear campaign and attacks. He is under surivellance from State spies.

Asked to comment on the feared threat to independence of the Judiciary, a legal scholar said: “Denial can be an incurable disease.”

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Aka

Tikatero timati ng’ombe zayang’ana ku dazibomo mu DPP

Aka
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Aka

Outrageous! Panicking will cause DPP many mistakes. Bingu Mutharika won by 64%, a vote of sympathy. Chilima will do the same because the sympathy of many undecided Malawians are now turning to sympathise with Chilima. This is now unstoppable

Muhlabase
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Muhlabase

Kkkkkkkkkkkk iii trying here and there koma zikulephererka zokha ayayaya idiot AG

Mariana
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Mariana

Iwe mtumbuka mzanga AG ukundichitisa manyazi. Ndiwe mtumbukadi iwe? Kapena may I wako ndi mlomwe. Kkkkk

Grova
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Grova

Zomakamba mitundu zithe , Tumbuka tumbuka , mlomwe , mlomwe chani apa . Saulosi akukana zomwezo . We are all Malawians

Mafana
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Mafana

Disaster in DPP! What else do you expect from a party whose strategists include Ngolongoliwa, Mchacha, Jeff wa Jeff and Ben Phiri ( of the maliseche fame)?

Machende Akuwawa
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Machende Akuwawa

The erroneous made by the Attorney general (Registrar of political parties) in Malawi is another scam of shame for the regime. When we argued that proffessor maliseche is a fake lecture in law. He was lecturing the nursery school in Chicago.
Look how embarrassing these lomwe belt are, their advisor in law are regrettable and shameful. Wooo to you useless people. SKC I believe in you now when you say awa ndi mafanaaaaaa, eeee ana achepadiiii

Okwiya
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Thats a problem of being emotional and used! How can the whole learned AG fail to notice these anomallies? Eish, Malawi akufika popangitsa manyazi. However, looking deeply our political scenes, one can confidently say that GOD is not happy the way Malawi is being led. How come ma blunder akungochuluka every day? How come kuti any sinister plan ikumaululika? I personaly believe God is confusing them kuti akhale pambalanganda. Wanzeru werenga Lemba pa khoma.

Nzika ya Malawi
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Nzika ya Malawi

Kutseguka m’mimba ku DPP’ko coz of UTM kuti pyerepyere kuli kuopa! We know kuti ndi tulo tomwe simukutinyantha.

Bolero
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Bolero

When fate is on your side such errors cannot be avoided. They are making UTM more popular and gaining sympathy following. Pakuvilonga, they will win sympathy vote,

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

When Things Are Falling Apart even the centre can not hold one Chinua Achebe once wrote. So the question being that “Why the government is hell bent on blocking UTM to register if UTM is a group of disgruntled politicians as we are usually told by the establishment? ” This is a clear sign that power is swinging towards ………. mmmmm yes indeed. Should I prophesy??? Malawi come May next year will have a brand new leader, be it Chilima, Chakwera, Joyce Banda, Atupele that I don’t know BUT there will be a brand new leader kkkkkkkkkk. The problem with… Read more »

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